trad·er | \ˈtrā-dər \

Definition of trader 

1 : a person whose business is buying and selling or barter: such as

a : merchant

b : a person who buys and sells (something, such as stocks or commodities futures) in search of short-term profits

2 : a ship engaged in the coastal or foreign trade

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Examples of trader in a Sentence

She is a stock trader. early explorers and fur traders

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Banks were fined billions of dollars and several traders were sent to prison. Gabriel T. Rubin, WSJ, "Global Regulators Push for Faster Transition Away From Libor," 12 July 2018 Sometimes, currency traders foresee long-term changes that have yet to move domestic prices. The Economist, "Investors are gorging on American assets," 12 July 2018 Even before the ban came into full effect, Chinese waste traders were setting up shop in Thailand. New York Times, "E-Waste Offers an Economic Opportunity as Well as Toxicity," 5 July 2018 The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) hoped to mobilize one million local traders in a nationwide protest on Monday, though the actual numbers fell short. Erin Corbett, Fortune, "Walmart's Flipkart Deal Sparks Protests Across India," 2 July 2018 Officials have said access roads are clogged with traders who block emergency response services, while critics say those services are poor. Fox News, "Fire sweeps through market in Kenya's capital, killing 15," 28 June 2018 In order to reassure the market of Axe Capital’s legitimacy, Axelrod proposes attending an idea dinner, or an exclusive gathering of traders and hedge fund managers., "That Idea Dinner In Billions Is Totally A Real Thing," 26 Mar. 2018 And all of that expansion, population growth, and trade took place during the Medieval Warm Period, when the Scandinavian climate was warmer than usual, which must have made life easier for Viking Age traders and hunters. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Climate change melting pre-Viking artifacts out of Norway’s glaciers," 24 Jan. 2018 The issue is, when your team operates like a stock trader or the Miami Marlins, it’s usually not a very good team. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty: Imagine if the Reds were buyers instead of sellers at MLB trade deadline," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of trader

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of trader

: a person who buys, sells, or exchanges goods


trad·er | \ˈtrā-dər \

Kids Definition of trader

1 : a person who trades

2 : a ship engaged in commerce

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